PP 43: Digging Yourself Out Of A Hole

  Welcome back to the Productive Pastor. We have a great episode in store for you today. Have you ever found yourself in a hole or a slump? The good news is digging yourself out of a hole is easier than you think. It’s about awareness and  intentionality. We are going to dive headfirst into the issue and hopefully finish standing on solid ground. Digging Yourself Out Of A Hole Confront the Spiritual Issue. The more I think about anxiety, fear, procrastination and depression…the more I see a link between our schedules and our spiritual life. When we get into a shaky place, we lose our sense of purpose and our understanding of call. Sit down, hit up some prayer and begin discerning what the bigger issues are that brought you to this place. G.T.D Bankruptcy.  I am a big fan of David Allen’s classic Getting Things Done. You might say it started it all! David Allen talks about taking a schedule bankruptcy. This is when you mark off a day or so and just build an account of everything that is outstanding. Once you are aware…pick the things you can just throw away and quit worrying about. Chances are, the damage is already done from putting it off. Organize Top Priorities What are the things you absolutely need to get in place in order to dig yourself out of a hole? Are you about to get fired or lose major influence? Not really (maybe really?). What are the bottlenecks that are causing the anxiety? It can be a major project or just something you have been putting off....

PP 42: Parenting, Productivity and Presence with Isaac Hopper

This episode I sit down my friend Isaac Hopper and we have a conversation about productivity AND parenting. Tons of listeners have asked for a conversation like this. Isaac is a United Methodist Pastor who leads a church, leads a family and is finishing a PhD in England while living in Indiana. I would say Isaac has practical productivity down. Isaac and I talk about a few things such as; learning productivity, how to office from home and what it means to be present with your family and lead them well. Isaac writes at isaachopper.com. His recent posts mentioned are; Ministry Blogs and Podcasts You Should Follow Why I Hired a Clergy...

PP 41: Relaxing Vs. Replenishing

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Productive Pastor! In this vacation-centric episode, I share about the differences between relaxing and replenishing and why we need to build then into our schedules. Front Matter: Top 5 Downloaded Episodes. These are the 5 most downloaded episodes of The Productive Pastor. Some might surprise you…but these are the episodes folks found the most value in. Productive Pastor Preaching Playlist Try to say that fast 5 times! Here are all of the Productive Pastor episodes on preaching. This playlist function lets you have all of them grouped in the same place. Art of the Sermon Podcast My friend Dan Wunderlich produces and hosts this amazing show. He is only 6 episodes in, so you can get caught up quickly. Dan also mentions the Pulpit Fiction podcast, it’s on my podcast app for a few listens this week. Relaxing Vs. Replenishing Over the last few months I have been asking myself serious questions about what is relaxation and what is replenishing. Many of us get to this point in ministry and it is helpful to revisit the question of relaxing vs. replenishing often. Taking a few minutes to clarify relaxing and replenishing is helpful and enough to give us tremendous margin. Define the Difference What is relaxing and what is crashing? I ask myself that often. I have learned watching 4 hrs of Netflix on the couch isn’t relaxing…it is crashing and crashing isn’t a healthy long-term strategy. Relaxing is what puts us into equalibirium…what it takes for us to breathe deeply again and be rested. Replenishment involves the activities that energize us and...

Productive Pastor Preaching Playlist

It’s the Productive Pastor Preaching Playlist (say that 4 times quickly)! Before everyone begins traveling for the holiday season I wanted to put together episodes of similar content in an easy style for you to listen while traveling and to condense topics together. Here are all of the Productive Pastor episodes on preaching. Preaching Playlist Episode 17: Why You Need A Production Calendar There are three reasons production calendars can help you in your minstry. They help you see the big picture. The content is right in front of you. You and your ministry are consistently and steadily moving forward. Episode 20: 5 Keys To Effective Sermon Preparation Read. Have a holding tank. Have a preaching calendar Ask others Find/Build and stick to a preparation rhythm Episode 21: Sermonsmith and John Chandler John runs a fantastic podcast called SermonSmith. He sits down and shares what he has learned interviewing dozens of pastors about their preparation process. Episode 38: Using Monday Moments For Better Preaching Monday Moments help us develop many different parts of our sermons. They affect the visuals, how we plan our messages and how we preach. They give us a guiding center (alongside our guiding text for the day). They help us develop repetition and focus in how we preach. They give people a literal phrase to repeat as they contemplate the message.Using a Monday Moment is a key preparation AND presentation device. It will help you plan and communicate better. The moment will help the people in your pews better internalize the message and remember it throughout the week. Episode 39: John Jay Alvaro and a...

PP 40: Creating a Sermon Preparation Calendar

Welcome Back! In this episode of Productive Pastor I am going to walk through a year-round sermon preparation calendar. So many folks ask me how they can find the time to get ahead in their preaching, and this is the best way I can think of. The first few parts of it are more production oriented and the last half is very specific about sermon preparation. Mentioned Links 7 Must-Do Items for a Church Growth Calendar. Don’t roll your eyes over the title. Think of it as a church engagement calendar. I stumbled across this post earlier in the week and have slowly been reading and letting it sink in. There is tons of great information and ideas here. How I work 40 hrs in 16.7 (The Simple Technique That Gave Me My Life Back).  I referenced this in an earlier episode, but didn’t have access to a shareable link. Well here it is. If you want to have better control over your time…this is the way. Creating a Sermon Preparation Calendar Many times I hear from people about their desire to have more time to plan and prepare ahead in regards to preaching. This episode I want to share with you a way you can create a whole year vision for preaching, stay on top of things AND still have time for the rest of ministry. Remember, the things we feel we don’t have time for are often the things we don’t have the time to NOT do. Yearly Once a year take a few days to think about the next year of preaching. Get away for a...

PP 39: John Jay Alvaro and a Visual Homiletic

In this episode of the Productive Pastor we hear from Rev. John Jay Alvaro, Senior Pastor of Spring Creek Baptist Church, about his unique sermon note process. John Jay has also created a fantastic resource about his process called “Creating Outside the Lines: Searching For A Visual Homeletic.” We talk about the visual process of sermon delivery John Jay practices and how he found his way to it. We talk about what it means for a congregation to give their pastor the space to find new ways to communicate. Ultimately, this isn’t about a delivery tactic, but instead a process of public creativity and holy presentation. Links Mentioned PDF of Creating Outside the Lines (Creating Outside the Lines pdf. ) Spring Creek Sermons Maker Monthly Sermons That Have Reach Early...

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